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Who Needs Approval?

Research or teaching of any type involving any of the agents listed below must be approved by the West Texas A&M University Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) prior to initiation:

  • Pathogens and potential pathogens of humans, animals, or plants that are classified by the American Tissue Culture Collection (ATCC) as Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) or higher and/or listed by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) as Risk Group 2 or higher (based on the NIH Guidelines and/or BMBL).
  • Human-derived materials that contain or potentially contain human pathogens (including human blood and blood components and unfixed tissue).
  • Non-human primate-derived materials that contain or potentially contain human pathogens (including non-human primate blood and blood components and unfixed tissues).
  • Use of all cell lines, whether human or non-human primate, that are classified as BSL-2 or higher by the ATCC and/or as Risk Group 2 or higher by the ABSA (based on the NIH Guidelines and BMBL).
  • Recombinant DNA and recombinant RNA including creation or use of transgenic plants and animals.
  • Select agents and toxins (see https://www.selectagents.gov/SelectAgentsandToxinsList.html) including strains and amounts exempted from the select agent regulations.
  • Any material(s) (pathogenic or nonpathogenic) requiring a CDC import license or a USDA permit.

 

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